As the pandemic begins to wane in influence across the United States, former president Barack Obama announced that he recently tested positive for COVID.
In a tweet, Obama declared that he had “just tested positive for COVID,” and his symptoms included “a scratchy throat for a couple days.”
“[I’m] feeling fine otherwise,” Obama added.
The former president also announced that his wife, Michelle Obama, tested negative for the virus. Both Barack and Michelle have been triple vaccinated.
After detailing their recent experience with COVID, the former president continued on to promote vaccines and boosters for Americans, arguing that their experience serves as “a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.”
Obama has been a massive advocate of COVID vaccines and related mandates. Joining alongside former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in December 2020, Obama declared his openness to receiving the coronavirus vaccine publicly, on a global stage.
In addition to the three former presidents, an additional former president, Jimmy Carter, also emerged into public to proclaim his support of the coronavirus vaccine.
“Michelle and I [have been] vaccinated against COVID-19 because we know it’s the best way to beat this pandemic, [as well as] protect one another and get the country back up and running again,” Obama declared in a Facebook statement in March 2021.
In his Facebook status update, Obama included video footage of himself and his wife receiving the COVID vaccine.
“So I hope you’ll get the vaccine as soon as it’s available to you,” Obama boomed, “it could save your life.”
Obama also came out swinging for Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has received increasing skepticism after his links to the Wuhan Institute have been widely publicized in a series of disclosures.
“People like Anthony Fauci, who I know, and I’ve worked with, [and] I trust completely,” Obama brayed.
“So if [he] tells me this vaccine is safe, and [it] can vaccinate, you know, immunize you from getting COVID, absolutely, I’m going to take it,” Obama concluded, stumbling over his words.